Former Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib joins Amazon’s office on Thursday Night Football

During his four-year streak with the Denver Broncos, cornerback Aqib Talib was a predatory hawk who represented the team with aplomb in four straight Pro Bowls. He also happens to be the face of Denver’s infamous “No-Fly Zone” secondary, which was instrumental in the Broncos’ Lombardi Trophy victory in Super Bowl 50.

After Denver’s dismal 2017 campaign, Talib played one final full NFL season for the Los Angeles Rams, helping the club get all the way to the Super Bowl before falling short to Tom Brady and the New York Patriots. -England. Talib announced his retirement just over a year later.

Since then, he has made a name for himself in the sports media. Specifically, in broadcasting. After getting his feedback, start with FOX Sports in 2020, Talib was tapped to call a few regular season games alongside Gus Johnson last season and the reviews were great but not without some criticism.

Amazon and the broadcast bigwigs responsible for Thursday night football, noted Talib’s refreshing style as a commentator. According to Ian Rapoport, Talib will join the TNF broadcast team for his pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.

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This is another big step in the right direction for Talib and his broadcasting career. He began his post-player career as a podcaster and has steadily risen through the NFL media ranks because, much like his game, his commentary style is so unique, so refreshing that it adds an extra layer of drama to the viewer.

Fans have become accustomed to rote styles from NFL play-by-play and color commentators. Talib’s approach, perhaps similar to one of his heroes on the pitch, Deion Sanders, breaks that mold with a compelling insight that doesn’t feel like the same old, same old.

“He looks amazing because he’s not what you’re used to” NFL Network presenter Andrew Siciliano said of Talib last fall, “and it’s a new perspective, a new voice.”

It remains to be seen exactly how Talib’s fingerprints will be on TNF shows this coming season, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be making color commentary. Again, this is mostly pre-game and post-game coverage.

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It’s a shame because despite his ways of ripping chains and stinging eyes (sometimes) as a player, Talib was recognized as one of the smartest guys of his time. The knowledge he has gleaned from hours and hours of preparation sets him apart. Few defenders have watched as many films as he has.

It was a big reason why Talib was able to be so prolific on the iron gate. Only three players in NFL history have returned more interceptions home than Talib’s 10 and his dedication to the movie theater was a big reason for that. Six of those picks came as a Bronco and despite only playing four years with the club, he leads the franchise all-time in that stat.

“He was someone we always heard about as a fun conversation,” FOX Sports executive Brad Zager said in September. “When you had conversations with him, you really understood that his football IQ was off the charts and he was a guy who gave it to everyone. When he was playing for the Rams, he came and met myself and Bill Richards. , who oversees our studio show “FOX NFL Sunday. We both realized that what everyone was telling us was the truth, which is to say that he’s someone you just like to sit around a table and talk about football with. He knows what he’s talking about.”

Talib turns that football wisdom and dynamic personality into a budding career in NFL broadcasting. Broncos fans can expect his insights as the team hosts Matt Ryan and the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 on Thursday night football.

We’ll see what Talib has to say about Russell Wilson and company on October 6. I’m here for fresh NFL broadcast commentary like Talib and Pat McAfee.

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